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Please note that many of the features of the game, tokens, mechanics and systems are still considered a Work-In-Progress (WIP). The information provided should serve as a general overview of the plans we have in mind. However, these could change over time as we continue to make progress, which means that some of the information could change or additional features could be implemented. Additionally, some of the planned features may or may not make it into the final game. Please be patient with us. 🙏 All comments, feedback and suggestions are welcome. We would love to hear from our readers and fans! ♥ None of the information is financial advice, so please consider your actions very carefully!

NFTs and P2E Overview

What is “Play-2-Earn” (P2E)?

"Play-2-Earn" (P2E) is a gaming business model, considered to be one of the latest developments in the gaming industry. It allows for an in-game economy that can be translated into a real-world micro-economy.

In the traditional gaming business models, and especially in "Free to Play" models, companies are the ones that sell the game items, characters skins, and in-game currencies. This means that all of these items belong to the player after they make the purchase directly from the company. However, once a player has obtained one of these items, they are typically tradable in-game only, and not tradeable with other players for real-life money unless they break the Terms of Service and sell their accounts, and with the exception of certain games (such as CS:GO). Additionally, if anything were to happen to the game such as shutting down, these items could be lost forever.

The P2E model allows players to have full ownership of their in-game assets. This means that, depending on the game, characters and items such as weapons, outfits, character skins, and in-game currencies are owned by the player and they can also exist outside of the game's environment in the form of tokens that live in the Blockchain. Currency tokens are typically considered "Fungible Tokens", and in-game assets (such as items, weapons, characters, land, etc.) are typically considered "Non-Fungible Tokens" (NFTs). Having full ownership of these currencies or items in the form of tokens allows for players to do with them as they wish outside of the game too. This means that they can lend them to other players, and trade them with other players either directly (from wallet to wallet) or via secondary markets (such as OpenSea for NFTs) or exchanges (decentralized such as UniSwap; or centralized such as Binance).

In a P2E model, these in-game currencies or assets are also typically earnable by playing the game, hence the name "Play-2 (to)-Earn". This means that players can earn and create value for other players and the developers by simply having fun and participating in the in-game economy. To use an existing P2E game as an example, Axie Infinity is a game where players own "Axies", which are cute creatures that live on the Blockchain (as NFTs). By playing the game, players can earn Smooth Love Potions (SLPs) and Axie Infinity Shards (AXS), which serve as currency tokens. Players need these tokens to breed new Axies, which can be sold to other players so they can build their team and play the game; or they can also sell the SLP and/or AXS tokens to other players on the open marketplace or exchanges.

One of the big benefits of playing a P2E game is that a player will typically create or retain value, or earn real-life money. For instance, even if they invest a certain amount of money to play the game (whether it be by purchasing a character as an NFT or purchasing tokens), this investment could be retrieved fully or partially given that they can be sold again to other players if the player decides to stop playing.

What is the difference between these NFTs that will be used in a P2E game, and other non-gaming NFTs (i.e. PFP NFTs, art, etc.), and how do these hold value as compared to those other types of NFTs?

Fundamentally there is no difference. They are both an NFT, meaning that they are unique tokens, are usually part of a collection, and are unique and identifiable. They each provide proof of ownership of a digital asset. However, there is a difference in terms of the purpose or use for each one.

For instance, those projects or NFTs that are considered "digital avatars" typically have the purpose of being able to utilize them as a Profile Picture (PFP), or can also be considered "collectibles". Individuals who purchase these digital assets tend to utilize them for purposes of having a unique online identity, and potentially show-off to others. Additionally, there's typically the sense of belonging, given that there are others who purchase the same "PFP" avatars, and as such a community is inherently built around the love and support for the project.

NFTs that are to be used in a P2E game could potentially be used for the same reason (i.e. as a PFP), but that is to each user's discretion. However, the main purpose of these types of NFTs is that they will serve as in-game assets, be it a character, weapon, item, cosmetics, etc. This means that they have utility given that they are to be utilized in-game and each have a purpose of their own.

For Sipher, each NFT character that you purchase can be utilized as a profile picture if you desire, but the main purpose is that they will be in-game characters with different classes, skills, and looks. Additionally, there will be other types of NFTs that you can utilize in game. For instance, there will be in-game Spaceships (mounts), which will be NFTs as well. To build a Spaceship you will need Spaceship parts, each being a separate "NFT" that you can obtain and combine. More details about Spaceships here

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Game Overview

What is Sipher?

Sipher is an ambitious casual-fighting and exploration game that has an end-game goal of creating an open worl social experience, all built on the Ethereum Blockchain.

How can Players get access to the game?

Players buy a single or many characters through our Minting Contract or from the secondary market (such as OpenSea). This character, essentially serves as a "CD-key" that allows Players to venture into Sipheria to conquer expeditions and embark on PvE and PvP game modes. Current available characters:

Note that the first 10,000 of each race will be considered "Genesis Siphers" and also provide early access to pre-release stages of the game such as Alpha and Beta tests. Refer to the following page for further details regarding Genesis Sipher Benefits .

How many NFTs will I need to play the game?

You will only need one Sipher NFT character to play the game.

Why limit to releasing only 10,000 of each race?

There are two main reasons:

1) This is our way of rewarding the people who have supported Sipher early. Given that they are the first to support and purchase characters, they will reap the rewards of being able to generate future characters when the player base eventually grows.

2) To create game playstyle diversity. If there were no limit in terms of Genesis Sipher character availability, then players would simply flock to the most popular characters, leading to a skewed or imbalanced in-game "meta". Limiting to 10K for each character allows for a fair and balanced amount of species that are initially available.

How can Players acquire new sub-races, such as Canis, Infected, Cyborg and Canis (for INUs), or Felis, Synthetic, Phasewalker, and Crystalis (for NEKOs)?

After the release of the game, a cloning mechanism will be implemented. This means that future participants of Sipher will be able to acquire clones from the existing player base. This will reward those that were fortunate enough to have one of the first 10k Genesis Siphers of each of the characters.

Will Sipher the game be working on PC, iOS and Android?

We will develop on the PC and mobile platform (iOS, Android) and we will work on integrating blockchain as seamless as possible. The first versions will be released on PC, with the eventual roadmap of rolling out to mobile platforms and targeting a cross platform compatible gameplay experience.

Gameplay

What are the rewards for playing the game?
  • Earn rewards, capture and conquer daily challenges for dual rewards ($ATHER & $SIPHER)
    • Use $ATHER to craft, fuse, and own rare items and pets that will a part of your living legacy
    • Earn $SIPHER by playing the game, and become part of our community-based governance and a holder and benefactor of the game's long term value.
  • In game NFT Prizes, Trophies
  • In game Leaderboard Ranking to claim status in the Hall of Fame

PvP & PvE Rewards

Players can play the game to receive:‌

  • Laboratory materials called Vessel Cores, to be used by players with the help of the Mad Scientists for forking crazy experiments‌ (cloning)
  • Materials and resources such as ATHER Stones that can be used to level up your characters‌
  • $SIPHER tokens to be used to purchase a wide array of in-game items that will be released by the community and Sipher mad scientists.
  • Limited Items and cosmetics with different rarity that could be worn or traded with other players‌

How can players sell their items?

Players have true ownership over their digital in-game assets, including items, characters, attributes linked to those assets, etc. It is all stored in the block-chain via the use of personal crypto Wallets.

Items and assets can be sold to other players through a Marketplace that will be built on the Blockchain, completely permission-less and trustless.

Players will potentially pay gas fee and market fees on the Sipher Marketplace.‌

How can I gift items to another player?

Like any ERC-721 Tokens, players can send their assets to any other user's wallet as long as they have the correct wallet address and pay the applicable gas fee.

Will there be a fee for selling items in the marketplace to other players?

Currently these are the fees on the secondary marketplace, OpenSea:

  • Sipherian Surge (Inus) Collection - There is a 2.5% Marketplace Fee plus a 2.5% Royalty Fee payable to Sipher by the Seller.
  • Sipherian Flash (Nekos) Collection - There is a 2.5% Marketplace Fee plus a 5% Royalty Fee payable to Sipher by the Seller.

Blockchain & ERC Standards

What is ERC721?

ERC721 is a type of standard; a standard is simply a template or format that other developers agree to follow. Developers follow the same standards because it makes writing code easier, more predictable, and reusable. These standards are completely voluntary, but following a widely used standard means compatibility with a wide variety of applications including exchanges, dapps, and wallets.‌

ERC721 is a token standard on Ethereum for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT). Fungible means interchangeable and replaceable so something like Bitcoin is fungible because any Bitcoin can replace another Bitcoin. Each NFT, on the other hand, is completely unique. One NFT cannot replace another. Sipher decided to use ERC-721 as it is the most widely supported standard of NFT currently across many platforms and marketplaces.‌

In the near future, we are considering the implementation of ERC-1155 to facilitate more functionalities that would be required for in-game on-chain and off-chain implementations, in order to optimize transaction time and gas cost. Source: https://decrypt.co/resources/erc721-what-is-it-guide-ehtereum-token

How to mix and utilize on-chain and off-chain for player in-game Items? (Idea only, not final architecture)

From On-chain to Off-chain

On-chain is used only for user asset declaration and keeping. Every time a player interacts with the game, they enter into a trust relationship where they will:‌

  1. Sign in with their Username and Password (and automatically connect their wallet)
  2. The game client then retrieves all the metadata from the User Address including stored character art, attributes, items, and inventory assets on IPFS to render in-game client.
  3. For Faster Loading - the frequent user art assets are pre-stored in the game server and client and then, by Signing in and Connecting their Wallet, the game client can confirm to render their items. Essentially, the game keeps a copy of all the items in terms of Art and Render, the blockchain is used as a Book keeping and asset storage tool for Users
  4. Players must possess the required game Items like Character and Assets in order to start playing the game
  5. Players must agree to the Terms & Conditions that while they are playing the game, all the activities will be happening on the game server (off-chain) and the information will be settled (synchronized on-chain) after they perform a transaction or log out.
  6. The PvP or PvE game sessions begin with everything happening off-chain on the game server
  7. Once the game sessions complete, the users can choose to keep all the items and progress in the game server and continue on witih another sessions of PvP or PvP gameplay.
  8. During the game, they can perform transactions on the In-game client to buy items from Sipher. This is put under [Sales Basket Order], temporarily holding off-chain until settled at log out.
  9. Once the player logs out, all the Activities will be settle On-chain with their Wallet.

From Off-chain to On-chain

1. Once the player logs out, the state of their characters, progress and item inventory, any purchases from Sipher they make, which were stored off-chain will be pushed on-chain. This may require a gas fee to be paid by the user.

Why do we not choose to build everything about the game, including gameplay, on the blockchain?

Because of the inherent limitations of the blockchain such as Gas Fees, Storage size and slow TPS, having everything from the game on the blockchain is impossible or not feasible at this moment. Therefore, Sipher decided to employ Blockchain as the central tool as the Source of Truth for all User Assets that have been generated in game. For others game assets such as environments art assets that may appear on User's screen and land plots, we will store all the data off-chain in our game server to allow for faster loading.‌

If in the future we do decide that users will also own the small insignificant assets like trees and stones assets in game, we will propose a suitable and scalable solution involving blockchain.

Are there Tokens that I can invest in?

At the time there are no cryptocurrency 'fungible' tokens available for purchase, but there will be $ATHER and $SIPHER. Both are planned to launch sometime in Q1 2022. Stay tuned!

What are $ATHER and $SIPHER tokens?

Although these still have not yet been released, you can find more information on the following page

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Guildmaster Program

Do I need to own all of these NFTs and be a part of the Collector’s program to create a guild when the functionality becomes available after the game's launch?

The reference to "Guildmaster" in the story is just to provide an example of what a collector could potentially turn into. Although this is currently in the works, once the game launches and actual Guilds are functioning, you should be able to create your own Guild even if you were not a part of the program.

Do tiers overlap?

Tiers do not overlap. For instance, if you hold 10 Sipher INUs in your wallet you will only be eligible for The High Table (Tier 3) for the NEKO launch.

What if I have more than 10 Siphers (for example if I have 10 Sipher Inus)?

This is wallet based system, meaning that you can have one wallet that qualifies for The High Table (Tier 3), and another (or other) wallet(s) that separately qualifies for one of the three tiers based on the amount of Sipher NFTs in that (or those) wallet(s).

Wen mint?

For those tiers that will receive Sipher recruits (free NFTs), each wallet holder will be able to to mint them for FREE (plus gas) for a specific period of time before or after the public sale, which will be confirmed at a later date for each character species launch.

Why mint?

We have decided to go with this approach with the intention of rewarding those members who are active in our community.

Wen private sale?

For those that receive private-sale slots, there will also be a period of time in which you will be able to purchase your Sipher Recruits. For the NEKO launch, the private sale will start after the public launch (Dutch Auction) ends, and ends 24hrs after. For the future Genesis Sipher races (i.e. Buru, Tori), the amount of time and dates will be confirmed later.

Will the Collector’s Program be a replacement over any character launch Whitelist Programs?

The Collector’s Program and any character whitelist programs are separate.

How will the snapshots be taken?

A snapshot is essentially a record of all wallets and the amount of Sipher Recruits at a specific point in time. There will be more than one snapshot for each character launch (i.e NEKO, BURU, TORI, etc.). The first snapshot will always be considered the deadline, which is when we will obtain the full list of wallets eligible and will identify which are the tiers they fall under. Afterwards, there may be one or more snapshots taken at random dates closer to each character launch to confirm admission to The Collector’s Program.

The snapshots for the other Sipher Race/Character Launches will be announced at a later date.

What Tier in the Collector’s Program will I be eligible for IF the number of Sipher NFTs in my wallet is different on the 2 snapshots taken?

Answer:

  • For wallets with the same number of Sipher NFTs taken on both snapshots - your tier will be unaffected.
  • For wallets with a different number of Sipher NFTs taken on both snapshots - you will be allocated a tier, based on the snapshot of your wallet with the lowest number of Sipher NFTs.
  • Specifically for the Collector’s Program with regards to the NEKO Launch, please see the following examples to understand your eligibility (snapshot considered for eligibility is marked in green).

Tier Eligibility Examples

# of Inu NFTs on 1st Snapshot in Wallet# of Inu NFTs on 2nd Snapshot in WalletFinal Tier Eligibility

Benefits of Owning a Sipher

Why should I buy Genesis Sipher NFTs?

Please refer to the

page for further details.

Will my Genesis Sipher(s) be stronger or have more perks in-game as compared to Non-Genesis Siphers?

Excluding the Species and Sub-Race considerations (different skills, abilities, etc.), your Genesis Sipher will not be stronger than other Siphers in-game when it comes to PvP matches. This is to keep the battle grounds fair to everyone.

However, there will be certain perks that come with your Genesis Sipher, which Non-genesis Siphers will not have, such as:

  • The properties of your Genesis Sipher NFT, such as skins, eyes, hair, and defensive equipments (armor, headgear, gloves) will be reflected in-game as COSMETICS. Refer to the subsequent question about defensive equipment properties and its impact on gameplay below for further details.
  • If your Genesis Sipher NFT has a 'Weapon' property, and are also one of the lucky ones to have a logically functional weapon, that weapon will be an extremely special skin that ONLY owners of Genesis Sipher NFTs with that particular 'Weapon' property has access to equip and use within the game. Furthermore, that special skin also gives your weapon some additional stats within the PvE game. Refer to the subsequent question about weapon properties and its impact on gameplay below for further details.
  • Unique "Banner Cards", Name Tags, and Frames that are visible in the Game Lobby, Loading Screens, and In-game overlay. Opponents or team members will know you are an "OG" when you are competing against them.
  • Sub-races will have different recognizable visual traits in game (we are still working on a few different options, but think aura, different ring designs, walking trails)
  • Genesis Sipher full sets will give you specific buffs (ONLY APPLICABLE TO PVE - DUNGEONS)
How will the defensive equipment (armor, helmet, etc.), that my current Genesis Sipher NFT contains, affect the gameplay?

The defensive equipment that your Genesis Sipher currently has will only be considered cosmetics in-game. Essentially your Genesis Sipher NFTs will allow you to have a very unique look in-game that no other player will have. These are NOT MEANT TO BE FIXED FUNCTIONAL armor, helmets etc.

How will the weapon (if any) that my current Genesis Sipher NFT contains, affect the gameplay?

These are not all meant to be fixed FUNCTIONAL weapons, as we never intend for you to fight in challenging dungeons or against other players with only a piece of menu paper, a compass, a brick, walkie talkie, or a cute octopus. Within the game, you will have the choice of selecting your weapon which will result in different attacks. You will NOT have to buy weapons to play and will be given a set of basic weapons for you to explore and determine what suits your playstyle. Throughout your progression, you will upgrade, unlock newer weapons with stronger attributes. More details about functional weapons will be released later.

What is the purpose of the rarities of these Genesis Sipher NFTs?

The rarity of your Genesis Sipher NFTs mainly has the purpose of identifying how that particular Sipher rarity ranks as compared to others, based on specific traits. This rank is calculated based on the traits that your Sipher NFT has, and how many more of each trait there are available on the Genesis Sipher NFTs within the same collection (e.g. Sipherian Surge Collection for the Sipher INU NFTs; Sipher NEKOs as compared to other NEKOs in the Sipherian Flash Collection). In addition to the in-game cosmetics, this mainly affects those that consider themselves "NFT collectors" who try to get the rarest of traits and NFTs.

Why release so many Sipher NFTs (40,000 including all the announced species)?

Given the long-term strategy and approach for the game, we believe that this number is low as compared to the amount of people that we are targeting to onboard to the game in the future. Additionally, there are only 10,000 of each of the Genesis Sipher species, be it the Inus, Nekos, Toris, Burus, etc. Each of the species will have different skill-trees and attacks, and will target different playstyles from one another, which means that they should be considered separate from each other. Think about other games where you have a broad selection of characters - you will not always be playing the same character depending on what your team mates have selected, or what would work best as a strategy against what your opponents selected. So there may be players who may end up owning one or more of each of the species.

Will my Genesis Sipher NFTs be worth more than those that are cloned down the line?

Determining price value for an NFT is highly speculative that only the market can establish. As such, we can't say whether Genesis Siphers will be worth more than those cloned down the line. However, we can say that there is functional value to holding a Genesis Sipher. As described in

, there are some perks and inherent benefits that you receive that are exclusive to Genesis Siphers. This means that cloned Siphers will not receive these benefits, hence there being more functional value on Genesis Siphers.

Additionally, it's worth noting that, although there is a possibility of some Genesis Siphers being weaker than than their future clones (because of how the cloning process is intended to work), Genesis Siphers will always retain their ability to create the best clones, those that not even clones of clones will be able to match. This strength in cloning, is where we believe lies the inherent value and utility of the Genesis Sipher NFTs.

Cloning

Can I create a clone out of a clone?

Although the cloning mechanism is currently in development, there are plans for allowing players to create clones out of clones. This will allow the amount of supply to increase as demand grows with more players that want to play to game. There will be additional measures to either avoid over-supplies or demand surplus depending on the current market needs (demand vs supply), which will also be factored in through cloning costs and/or reward rates for obtaining Vessel cores in-game (which are resources needed for the cloning process).

How many clones can I make?

You can make unlimited amounts of clones. However, each time you clone one Sipher NFT the costs for cloning that same Sipher NFT will increase exponentially. There will be additional measures to either avoid over-supplies or demand surplus depending on the current market needs (demand vs supply), which will also be factored in through cloning costs and/or reward rates for obtaining Vessel cores in-game (which are resources needed for the cloning process).